Do your days follow a routine? Mine do in the sense that I work the same shifts at the laundromat each week, but the before and the after are usually unpredictable.
7:45 a.m. – Wake up, let the dogs outside and feed them some breakfast. Peek into the whelping box to make sure everyone is A-OK and then head back upstairs to get myself presentable.
8:15 a.m. – Out the door and on my way to snag some deals before morning deliveries! I noticed that Walgreens had a few of our favorite cereals on sale this week 2/$5 with a $1 in store coupon. I had a coupon for $0.60 off a box of Trix and $0.60 off a box of Honey Nut Cheerios. That means I got both boxes for$2.80….holla!
8:20 a.m. – I am on the road for morning deliveries. But not without my precious….
Oops, I mean…
Our Friday deliveries are sort of scattered, so I was on a self-guided Tour de Pittsburgh: North Huntingdon, Forest Hills, Wilkinsburg, Shadyside, Bloomfield, the Strip, and then finally Downtown! Phew!
10:15 a.m. – I finally get back to Changin’ Time and drop off all the things. Amanda tells me that since DR stayed home from school today, she is able to stay until noon. Music to my ears! Normally I report for duty at 11:00 a.m., so I am pleased to have an extra hour to myself. I visit my darling at the rental to check on progress. The windows are almost completely installed now! We still need to paint the awnings/gutters grey and cover up the wretched black and gold paint job….
11:00 a.m. – I head to the house to pack my lunch and let my fur babies run around in the back alley for a few minutes. The weather has been a little rotten the last few days, so they needed to get out some pent-up energy! I also use the time to scavenge around the “Paper Retriever” at the borough building to see if there are any coupons dying to be clipped. It’s a little low so I’m nervous to jump in because what if I get stuck!? How would I explain to the officers, who would no doubt walk out of the police station at that exact moment, that yes I am stuck in a paper dumpster and my dogs are wandering around outside wondering what the heck I am doing.
11:30 a.m. – I feel guilty for squandering one of Amanda’s hours dumpster diving, so I head to Changin’ Time to relieve her. Lil’ RED desperately needs a nap and DR is going a bit stir crazy, so I’m glad I headed in earlier than noon. Once they head home, I finish washing diapers and notice that the detergent dispenser is getting low.
Then I hang out with some traveling carnies who are in town for the weekend and stopped in to do their laundry. Oh, life. How random you are.
12:30 p.m. – I dial into a conference call for a trade association we belong to. Since I am vice-chair, this is one of four conference calls I attend each month. We discuss all kind of important diaper industry happenings, none of which I can tell you about!
1:30 p.m. – I finally have time to enjoy a banana, a bottle of water, and some Feedly. After the carnies clear out, I sort and dry and then re-sort diapers. Then, move onto some of our wash ‘n fold customers and other diaper business.
3:45 p.m. – I quickly speed up the road into Munhall, the neighboring borough, to grab my on-call phone from the senior care place I work every other weekend. I am basically the weekend answering service/caregiver coordinator. Since its a holiday weekend, I will be pulling an extra long shift (Friday evening – Tuesday morning). I chit chat with the office staff and owner about the doodles and random happenings with clients.
Once I got back to Changin’ Time, she told me that our plans to babysit were cancelled! I am happy in the sense that we have Friday night free, but a little disappointed because we have so much fun when we hang out with her brothers (CO & CJ). I spent the rest of my shift preparing for an early morning diaper service orientation and wrapped up some administrative stuff.
6:00 p.m. – My favorite time of the day. Not what I would call quitting time, but certainly time to head back to the house(s). Most days I walk to and from work, since we live just around the corner. This becomes less convenient when its snowing, slushy, super hot, or raining, but the weather was perfect.
After work I stopped at home really quickly to grab a power snack that would actually be my dinner…
and then went over and “helped” Christina clean up the rental so that we could show it to a prospective tenant at 7:30 p.m. The woman was very nice and showed up with a little group of friends to help her decide what she wanted to do. She seemed to love the place and after about a half an hour decided to mention that she wouldn’t be able to move in until August. Womp womp.
8:00 p.m. – We swung back around to close the laundromat. Changin’ Time wash ‘n fold closes at 6:00 p.m., but the laundromat stays open for self-service until 8:00 p.m. Then, since there was still some daylight I convinced Christina to help me dumpster dive for coupons.
Yes, I know I am insane. But the savings! Think of the savings! I returned home happy with my efforts and clipped coupons while Christina had puppy time.
10:00 p.m. – I finally had time to sit down and write this recap! Now I am going to relax for an hour or so and then head to bed because tomorrow promises to be even more busy and random than today!!!